The New York Yankees fell 8-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. With the loss, they dropped to 5-8 on the season and dipped to last place in the AL East.
It's safe to say Yankees fans aren't happy with the club right now. In the eighth inning, frustrated fans halted play by throwing baseballs onto the field while the Yankees were batting.
Play stoppage because of an excess of baseballs... No really, Yankees fans started throwing baseballs on the field.— Bally Sports Sun: Rays (@BallyRays) April 17, 2021
We don't get it either!
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According to the Associated Press (h/t CBS), about a half-dozen baseballs were thrown onto the field, which resulted in a delay of more than two minutes as Clint Frazier stood in the batter's box.
"I have not (seen that before)," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said afterward. "You hate to see it, is what I would say to that. Unfortunately, a handful of people end up doing it and it looks bad for everyone, and it's unfortunate that it happened."
The Yankees had very high expectations entering the 2021 season with the second-best odds to win the World Series, according to BetOnline.ag. With the team struggling to live up to its potential and the rival Boston Red Sox leading the AL East, Yankees fans are understandably frustrated.
Friday's defeat marked New York's 16th loss to Tampa Bay in the last 21 head-to-head matchups, including last year's ALDS. The Yankees will have two more chances to take down the Rays before hosting the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.